Onward NRV in the News

Onward NRV Featured in WSLS Story on Site Development Grant

Onward New River Valley was featured in a WSLS news story on March 15th. The coverage was about Giles County receiving a grant from the Virginia Business Ready Sites Program to continue the development of Wheatland EcoPark. This grant will help increase the availability of industrial sites in the New River Valley and help attract new and expanding businesses to the region. Katie Boswell, Onward NRV’s Executive Director, spoke with WSLS’s Duke Carter and Giles County Administrator Chris McKlarney about how the grant is very impactful for the NRV.

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Katie talked about how the grant will help keep momentum going for economic development in the New River Valley. Since 2018, over 20 businesses have announced moving to or expanding within the region.

Watch the full story here.


Virginia’s New River Valley: Virginia’s New River Valley is an eclectic mix of interconnected small towns that each offer their own unique vibe and appeal. The region provides an abundance of cultural and social offerings due to the presence of three world-class universities, while retaining the charm and benefits of small town living. The NRV is home to a diverse and innovative business community with companies that range from high-tech startups to foreign-based corporations to specialty agribusiness. These organizations benefit from the collaborative spirit of our region and a loyal, highly-skilled, and educated workforce. The scenic beauty of the region also fosters a deep connection to nature, which is deepened by access to outdoor recreation and the preservation of our natural environment. It’s clear why Virginia’s New River Valley is “A Natural Fit.”

Onward NRV: Onward NRV is a public/private, regional economic development organization whose mission is to attract and retain world class jobs, investment, and talent in Virginia’s New River Valley. It’s also a movement where leaders from business, government, and higher education work together to promote the economic vitality of the region.

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